Neue Staatsgalerie
The Neue Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart
Stuttgart is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The sixth-largest city in Germany, Stuttgart has a population of 600,038 while the metropolitan area has a population of 5.3 million ....

, Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

 was designed by the British firm James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates, although largely accredited solely to partner James Stirling
James Stirling (architect)
Sir James Frazer Stirling FRIBA was a British architect. He is considered to be among the most important and influential British architects of the second half of the 20th century...

. It was constructed in the 1970s and opened to the public in 1984.


The gallery occupies a site next to the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
The Staatsgalerie Stuttgart is an art gallery and art museum in Stuttgart, Germany, opened in 1843. In 1984 the opening of the Neue Staatsgalerie designed by James Stirling transformed the once provincial gallery into one of Europe's leading museums.-Alte Staatsgalerie:Originally, the classicist...

. A car park is located below the building.


The building incorporates warm, natural elements of travertine and sandstone to contrast the industrial pieces of green steel framing system and the bright pink and blue steel handrails.
The building's most prominent feature is a central circular atrium. This outdoor, enclosed space houses the sculpture garden. It is circumvented by a public footpath that leads pedestrians through the lot, turning the architecture into an "architectural landscape." This feature allows the public to reach the higher elevation behind the museum from the lower front of the building's main face.
Throughout the building Stirling alludes to other architectural works.


It is believed by some that this building, being a much acclaimed example of British architecture, was one of the principal reasons Stirling received the Pritzker Prize
Pritzker Prize
The Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded annually by the Hyatt Foundation to honour "a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built...

in 1981.

External links

  • (Official Site, German)
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